Charles J. Spies Jr., 84

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BATH — Charles James Spies Jr., 84, died Jan. 5 in Bath.

He was born in Morristown, New Jersey, to Charles and Marie Spies on May 25, 1931. He attended Mountain Lakes High School, where he was named an All-State Football co-captain in 1949.

Spies earned a degree in economics in 1953 from Lafayette College, where he also played football and captained the team. He completed the Harvard Business School PMD program in 1970. Spies was commissioned as a lieutenant in the Navy in 1957, and then enjoyed a successful career in banking that spanned more than three decades. He retired as executive vice president for Citibank in 1992.

Spies served on town committees from 1969 through 1972, and was mayor of Boonton Township in 1972. He also proudly served as a volunteer fireman for seven years. Spies was a true outdoorsman; in addition to spending a lot of quality time with friends and family he was an avid fisherman and hunter.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Jane Spies, of Bath; five children, Carolyn E. Spies, Charles J. Spies III, Susan M. Connolly, Gail C. Strehan and Richard E. Spies; and seven grandchildren, Thomas, Zachary, Kevin, Alex, Kate, Emma and Charlotte; and many nieces and nephews.

The family will hold a private ceremony and Mass followed by a celebration of life with friends and family this coming summer.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to Hill House of Bath and CHANS Home Healthcare.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CHANS Home Healthcare,